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By Jerzy Jedlicki

ISBN-10: 0585439656

ISBN-13: 9780585439655

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As in all peripheral nations of Europe, Polish intellectuals - conservatives, liberal, and (later) socialists - quarrelled approximately even if the Western version of liberal growth and commercial civilisation may go well with and gain their country, or no matter if it's going to spell the damage of its exact cultural good points. This ebook tells the tale of a century-long Polish dispute over the advantages and demerits of the Western version. the controversy revolved round a number of pairs of opposing rules: local tradition vs cosmopolitan civilization; average vs man made methods of monetary improvement; Christian morals vs capitalist laissez-faire; conventional customs vs cellular society; romanticism vs scientism, and so forth. it's those numerous facets of the most factor which the writer analyzes and hyperlinks jointly during this paintings. He exhibits how tough and painful the method of modernization used to be in a state disadvantaged of its political independence and cultural autonomy.

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In any case, the other countries of Europe were occupied with the convulsions of the French Revolution, either trying to rescue the old order or to create a new one. Who cared about the independence of the Polish people? NATIONAL IDENTITY AND COSMOPOLITAN CIVILIZATION 13 However, in the global perspective of civilizational progress all of this constituted merely an episode. Poland, though torn asunder, was after all a member of the great family of nations striving towards fraternal unification.

This erroneous understanding of politics resulted in national selfishness, and since ugliness itself may sometimes be given a superficially alluring form, so was this disgusting selfishness beautified by giving it the holy name of the love of one’s country. . It was not so much the love of man’s rights under the shield of national freedom but rather hatred and the desire to humiliate the neighboring people that was seen as the aim of the love of one’s country, while fraternity and unity in the great family of NATIONAL IDENTITY AND COSMOPOLITAN CIVILIZATION 15 nations was .

You will not find them in our country. ”I9 This is how Polish occidentalism was revived and given a new shape in the Prussian-occupied Warsaw of the latter years of the eighteenth century. Its basic conviction was that the West had created a better kind of civijization, the values of which would serve as the universal norm, radiating outwards and drawing into their orbit ever new, more distant countries. Poland was undoubtedly within the orbit of this civilization, but in comparison with the West was retarded and immature in its development.

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